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Soundwave Vocoder Help?

Postby Black Hat » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:40 am

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So I'm trying to replicate Soundwave's voice. I can do the Dr. Claw/Evil Barry White voice OK, and I'm using the TAL II Vocoder plugin for Audacity, but I can't seem to get the sound right. IIRC it depends on the sampled "noise" and I've tried white noise, square waves, sawtooth waves and the like but nothing gets that Soundwavey voice. What am I doing wrong?
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Re: Soundwave Vocoder Help?

Postby ScottyP » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:30 pm

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I tried to do this once for a Twincast episode and I learned that the original Soundwave effect is a forgotten art. As in the engineers that made it happen aren't around, or don't remember, and they never made an equivalent for digital recording formats.

I wish I had a better answer, and hope someone else posts to let you know about a good solution!
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Re: Soundwave Vocoder Help?

Postby Black Hat » Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:13 am

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Super late response I know, but thanks for the reply Scotty. A bit of a shame, but oh well.

I actually reckon Samuel Hayden's voice modulation from the new DOOM game would make a great Soundwave voice effect. Not only is it modern and thus not a lost art (though given the craziness that went into DOOM's sound design, including a Soviet synthesiser, a vuvuzela and a CHAINSAW it might not be as easy as one might think) but it actually sounds pretty cool.
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Re: Soundwave Vocoder Help?

Postby PopCultureGeek2063 » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:26 pm

still disappoints me how they didn't use the Vocoder in Revenge of the Fallen for Soundwave's voice.
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Re: Soundwave Vocoder Help?

Postby ProtoformXScream » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:22 pm

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Agreed! Same goes for Welker's single line as Soundwave in TF Prime!

That "Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior." just didn't have the same effect on me without the vocoder.

I would've still been happy with one more SW speaking part using the Dr. Claw/ ROTF voice in Soundwave's confrontation with Airachnid, though.
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